I recently finished another run of Gypsy, a show I never get tired of playing (as long as I play the overture solo) and I became interested in the history of the show. I found a book called Original Story by Arthur Laurents in which he talks, very candidly about the production of Gypsy. One of the stories was about opening night at the Broadway theater. I will quote:
"Opening night, the audience burst into applause during the overture. Jule [Styne], standing near the back against a side wall with Steve [Sondheim] and me [Atrhur Laurents], cried: "They're applauding my music! They're applauding my music!"
"They're applauding the trumpet player, Steve said."
Dick Perry, we all applaud you.